Beginning Beekeeping Course
West Sound Beekeepers Association
Curriculum and Certification through Washington State Beekeepers Association
February 20 & 27, 2021 * 8:30am-12:30pm * Online Classes Emphasis on Regional (Kitsap County) Information drawn from WASBA Beginning Beekeeping Manual
Scheduled Hands-On Apiary Workshops (April-August)
Meet with Mentor Beekeepers at Stedman’s Bee Supply to learn about hive types, tools, protective clothing
Be Ready to start Beekeeping in April 2021
$80 Registration includes:
Feb. Online Classes
WASBA Beginning Beekeeping Manual
WASBA Beginning Beekeeping Test
WASBA Beginning Beekeeper Certificate
WSBA Apiary Workshops
WASBA & WSBA 2021 Membership
All teachers are Certified Apprentice Beekeepers or higher
Open the ‘Shop’ link
Open the Beginning Beekeeping Class link, and follow cart and purchasing instructions.
On May 20th, Kitsap County released the county's four phased approach to reopening from Covid-19 social distancing measures. As of that date, our membership is numbered at over 150 persons. Our club category is under "Gatherings-social, spiritual". Phase 1 allows for no gathering of our club. Phase 2 allows for gatherings of no more than 5 people. Phase 3 allows for gatherings of less than 50 people. And finally Phase 4 allows for gatherings over 50 people.
West Sound Beekeepers Association will be following these guidelines. For now we will continue to meet on the third Tuesday of each month, at 7PM online. Only members will receive an emailed invitation to the online meetings.
We will continue to mentor beekeeping members at the club apiary, using Phased-in social distancing requirements. Send us an email or call if you would like to schedule a meeting at the apiary with a mentor/apiary staff.
Welcome to the West Sound Beekeepers Association (WSBA) homepage!
We hope you find our website informative about our organization and useful if you are interested in beekeeping. If you have any questions about our organization or our activities please email us, contact one of the officers, or show up at a scheduled meeting or event. We look forward to meeting new people interested in bees and beekeeping.
The WSBA is one of about two dozen local beekeeping associations distributed around Washington State. Our Association focuses on training new beekeepers and developing skills beyond the beginner level. We hold our monthly meetings at Jackson Scout Hall, 9161 Washington Ave NW, in Silverdale, WA; and our WSBA teaching apiary is located behind the Stedman's Bee Supply buildings located at 3763 NW Anderson Hill Rd in Silverdale. This apiary is managed through volunteer effort to support the many hands-on beekeeping classes and training efforts. The Association also maintains a lending library of beekeeping books, videos, magazines, and equipment available to current members.
For potential beginner beekeepers:
Many new beekeepers begin in the spring with our Beginning Beekeeping Course, earning certification with the Washington State Beekeeping Association; and with experience the student can progress through the WASBA Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master Beekeeping Curriculum. Learning is combined with hands-on sessions in the WSBA Apiary. The beginning course is timed for new beekeepers to prepare for starting hives in April. Throughout the season WSBA members can volunteer in the Apiary to gain experience and attend Saturday morning tutorials. "Northwest Beekeeping" and "Queen Rearing" are held in alternate years. We encourage new beekeepers to take all the classes they can, especially in the first few years. Your bees will greatly benefit from your increasing knowledge. Also, check out the frequently asked questions page.
Have a Swarm?
Our beekeepers are here to help!
Click below to see our Swarm List and the
locations they serve.
If you would like to become a member and join in the fun and adventures in beekeeping, fill out our Membership Form
You can pay your dues in our online shop above or by sending a check to the address on the membership form
Additional membership in the Washington State Beekeepers Association is required for Journeyman or Master level certification.
West Sound Beekeepers Association wants to thank Stedman's Bee Supplies in Silverdale for hosting our club. We conduct some of our educational events in their salesroom, and our teaching apiary is located behind their buildings.
Please join our club in supporting their long commitment to bees and beekeeping.
Stedman's Bee Supplies
Supplying to beekeepers for over 50 years
3763 NW Anderson Hill Rd
Silverdale, WA 98383